Nov 12, 2012 10:29 PM by Jen Fenter (jen@krtv.com)

GFPS superintendent Crawley will retire at end of school year

Dr Cheryl Crawley, the superintendent of Great Falls Public Schools, announced on Monday night that she will retire from her post at the end of the current school year.

Crawley has served in Great Falls for the last six years.

She made the announcement during Monday night's regularly-scheduled board meeting.

We will have more on this developing story on our newscast and online as we learn more.

June 2012: The next few months could determine whether the next school year will be Superintendent Cheryl Crawley's last with the Great Falls school district.

During Monday night's school board meeting, board chairman Jan Cahill brought up the idea of forming a committee to search for Crawley's replacement when she retires.

Crawley still has a year on her contract and has not voiced any plans to retire, but Cahill says he wants the board and the community to be well prepared if that day comes.

During the summer, the district will hold a workshop to review its practices, curriculum challenges, and governance roles, and will also conduct a standard review of Crawley's contract.

Crawley tells us she will take that time to determine her plans for the future.

Crawley said, "What I'm actually doing at this point and time is evaluating. We're going through our strategic planning review process now, over the next month or two, working with the school board and so on with what our major goals will be for the upcoming year, assessing our talents and our strengths and so on. I'll be making my decision, I'm sure, in the next couple of months."

Although the board does not have any immediate plans to start a search committee for Crawley's replacement, Cahill says he plans to encourage its development in the near future.


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